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Jamaica milk move queried

GERALYN EDWARD, Business Editor

Jamaica milk move queried

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Barbados has not dropped the issue of apparent roadblocks being put in the way of milk exports from this country to Jamaica.
Following recent complaints by Richard Cozier, managing director of Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) about excessive duties that Jamaica imposed on milk imports from Barbados that were not placed on milk imports from countries outside CARICOM, he told the DAILY NATION yesterday that action had started on the matter.
According to Cozier, whose BHL subsidiary – Pine Hill Dairy – has been on an aggressive export thrust, the island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade had written to the CARICOM Secretariat seeking clarification on whether Jamaica had been given any “special dispensation” to vary the Common External Tariff.
That letter was sent to the regional body about three weeks ago and he said the ministry was awaiting word on the matter.